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Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins today

PTI 19 Jun 2015, 7:35:28 AM IST

New Delhi:  Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, begun today.Maulana Mufti Mukarram Ahmed, president of Fatehpuri Royat Hilal Committee, yesterday said that Thursday was counted as last day of Shaban month -eighth month of the Islamic calendar - and today, June 19 is the first day of Ramadan.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is observed as a fasting period by Muslims who abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset.

Greeting the Muslim community on the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "May this Holy Month also enhance the spirit of harmony and togetherness in society."

The month-long fasting will culminate in the Id-ul-Fitr celebrations next month.